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Tommy served us well

The Ely area lost one of its best supporters when the good Lord called Tommy Rukavina home. He battled throughout his life but couldn’t beat leukemia. He was 68.
We grew to admire the short but powerful politician who was bombastic in his approach and not afraid to drop the gloves if need be to fight for his constituency. The Ely area was fortunate and privileged to have Tom Rukavina as one of its advocates and representatives.
When rallies were held to promote copper-nickel mining, the man who spoke last and spoke the best was Tommy Rukavina. He brought history, common sense, logic and humor to his speeches which were warmly received.
There were those who tried to go toe-to-toe with Rukavina, but few could match up to his wit and ability to pull up facts to back up his argument.

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Jan

From the miscellaneous drawer - Visitors

Andrew Wilson and Ingrid Swenson from London

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12
Jan

Thomas “Tom” Martin Rukavina, 68, dies

Thomas “Tom” Martin Rukavina, 68, of Pike Township, died on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis after a battle with leukemia. The family would like to thank the talented staff at the University of Minnesota Medical Center for their extraordinary care of Tom during his stay. Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 19, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Visitation will also be held on Friday, January 18, from 5-7 p.m. at Range Funeral Home in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Tom Rukavina Scholarship Fund c/o Mesabi Range College Foundation, 1001 W Chestnut St., Virginia, MN 55792.
Tom was born to Martin “Benny” and Martha Rukavina in Virginia on August 23, 1950. He grew up on northside in an ethnically diverse neighborhood with a close immediate and extended family which positively shaped his life forever.

Fri
11
Jan

Shopko faces unclear fate in Ely

by Tom Coombe -

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11
Jan

The Rev. Roger Edward Carlson, 90, dies

The Rev. Roger Edward Carlson a resident of Cottagewood Homes, Rochester, MN entered into his heavenly home on December 26, 2018 after a multi-year battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Roger was born on September 3, 1928 in Jamestown, NY to Gustav and Ella (Carlson) Carlson. He is predeceased by his parents and sisters Rita Johnson and Edna Strobeck. He was educated in the public schools of Jamestown, NY and at Augustana College and Seminary, Rock Island, IL.
Roger was married June 4, 1955 to Lois (Sjovall) who survives. They were blessed with four children: Camille Martin, Gilbert, AZ, Craig, Vadnais Heights, Brian, Rochester and Curtis, Shoreview, MN; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Roger is also survived by nieces and nephews in Minnesota, New York and Ohio.

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11
Jan

Skaters’ win streak snapped

TRIPPED UP IN FRONT OF THE NET - Ely senior Austin Meskill tumbled to the ice after being tripped by an International Falls player. Photo by Finn Bay Photography.

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11
Jan

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11
Jan

Ely’s youth ski league opens at Hidden Valley

COMPLETE WITH A TORCH LIGHTING CEREMONY, Ely’s youth ski league opened at Hidden Valley with Olympic-style fanfare. Area resident Elton Brown, who has skied in nearly 30 American Birkebeiner races, lit the torch that marked the start of the Ely chapter of the 2019 Minnesota Youth Ski League.

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11
Jan

Film crew visits Ely Arena

FILM CREW IN ELY - Representatives of Northland Films, which produced the hit “Pond Hockey” and other films, were in Ely last week shooting footage of Ely’s high school hockey team for a potential film about the hockey program and a small community. Tommy Haines was among those at the Ely Arena Jan. 4 to get footage of the Wolves’ game with International Falls. Photo by Finn Bay Photography.

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11
Jan

The waiting game?

WAITING ON A FRIEND? Photo by Heidi Pinkerton of Root River Photography: “Head is bobbing back and forth to WELY’s polka music and I’m sipping some Starbucks as I drive down the road in search of wildlife. I glance over and see a deer standing in the river. Fifteen years of photographing wildlife has me turn around in a heartbeat. I know for a fact that a deer ixs not just going to stand in icy cold water for no reason at all. And even though I didn’t make out the wolf on the first pass, it was certainly there when I pressed the shutter! As I walked back to the car to get my long lens, the wolf slipped away. The deer stood there for another hour before making her way back to shore. Needless to say, I really didn’t need that caffeine after all.”

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